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    Merits of Giving Ukraine Lethal Aid Debated

    Merits of Giving Ukraine Lethal Aid Debatedi
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    November 25, 2014 5:09 AM
    US Vice President Joe Biden has condemned what he calls Russia’s “aggression” in Ukraine, but stopped short of saying the US will provide Ukraine with lethal aid. He commented before wrapping up a visit to Ukraine that included talks with President Petro Poroshenko. But the White House nominee to fill the number two position at the State Department says the United States should consider giving Ukraine lethal military equipment. VOA State Department correspondent Pam Dockins has the story.
    Pamela Dockins

    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has condemned what he calls Russia’s “aggression” in Ukraine, but stopped short of saying the United States will provide Ukraine with lethal aid during comments made before wrapping up a visit to Ukraine that included talks with President Petro Poroshenko. But the White House nominee to fill the number two position at the State Department has said the United States should consider giving Ukraine lethal military equipment.

    In a joint appearance with Poroshenko, Biden said Russian action in Ukraine is in violation of a September peace deal.

    “We have seen more provocative actions, more blatant disregard for the agreement that was signed not long ago by Russia,” said Biden.

    The United States and other Western powers have accused Russia of backing pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine with weapons and troops.

    The United States has restricted its help to Ukraine to non-lethal aid, such as body armor and vehicles. But the question of defensive lethal assistance to Ukraine has never been off the table, said Deputy National Security Advisor Tony Blinken.

    “It remains on the table. It is something that we are looking at,” Blinken said.

    Blinken told a Senate panel that Russia’s actions in Ukraine warrant a stronger response.

    “I believe that given the serious Russian violations of the agreement that they signed, the Minsk accord, that one element that could hopefully get them to think twice and deter them from further action is strengthening the capacity of the Ukrainian forces, including with defensive lethal equipment,” he said.

    Blinken appears to have support for his position. Ukraine needs to defend itself, said Republican Congressman Steve Stockman.

    “The photographs, if you see what is happening [in Ukraine], are important and people who look at them cannot even look at what is happening.  And yet, we stand silent.  You cannot defend a nation without defensive weapons,” said Stockman.

    But Russia-Ukraine researcher Keith Darden thinks the Ukrainian government’s problem lies more with its internal organization, rather than its military hardware.  

    “Strengthening the Ukrainian state does not mean arming Ukraine with American weapons, because they are a weapons producer.  This is not the problem for them,” said Darden.

    Meanwhile, Russia has warned that U.S. lethal aid to Ukraine would further destabilize the country's crisis. 

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    by: Sorgfelt from: United States of America
    November 25, 2014 4:18 AM
    When I was a kid, I used to listen to the Voice of America on the short wave radio. Now I listen to RT. Why might that be? I know people from Ukraine and I knew some spies from the USA. I know who is telling the truth and who is being the aggressor, and it is not Russia. The misnamed National Endowment for Democracy, started by a former CIA Director, along with other CIA sponsored NGOs, helped NAZI sympathizers to overthrow the democratically elected but not Western friendly government in Ukraine, as has been done in many other trouble spots since WWII. That has included paying snipers to target both sides. The fascist victors in Kiev then proceeded to try to kill off their opposition in eastern Ukraine, including whole units devoted to murdering women and children as punishment. All available evidence says that MH17 was downed by cannon fire from Ukrainian fighter jets. It is no wonder why the Ukrainian government has been trying to keep the results of investigations secret. Crimea, mostly populated by Russian ethnics, and a major Russian seaport, voted 98% to join Russia without any arm twisting by Putin. NATO has continually encroached on Russia in defiance to earlier agreements. Now, tell me, just who is being the aggressor?
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    by: Bill Clinton from: WORLD
    December 09, 2014 8:53 AM
    Please give the Ukraine government lethal defensive military weapons so that they can do a continues bombardment along their inner border to stop putin's vacationing paratroopers from entry without passport or permission bring in russian pastries, caviar, vodka, tanks & ammunition.
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    by: LUONG TUAN from: Vietnam
    November 25, 2014 10:28 AM
    I also used to listened to the short wave radio from VOA when I was a student and I once thought it was the voice of democracy, truth and civilized society. But when I get older and older, I have realized that things are not so simple. Even my uncle who live in the USA once warned me that as the USA is a free society, people there are free to spread lies and their lies are very difficult to detect because they gets highly skillful in it.

    Western media is highly politically motivated because parties are battling constantly for power. I also have friends in Russia. They told me that every Russian has internet access globally so it is not very easy if the government can fool them. But most of them love Putin because he is far different from what the western media always try to describe him.
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    by: Ekaterina from: Russia
    November 25, 2014 6:57 AM
    I totally agree with you. I was this summer in Crimea, lived and talked with refugees, I remember we were sitting on the porch at night with a girl and she told me about the Ukrainian army raids. We cried together, since I was very sorry for her and I do not know, how can I help her. This is the worst feeling. when you can not help, neither of which can not be changed. of the girl in his arms byd newborn child and running out of money and go home, she could not ... In its place I would have just gone mad with grief and horror, but what really inspired me is the warm heart and courage of people who live in the area of the so-called "anti-terrorist operation" -they all become for me an example of courage, faith, fortitude.

    Thank you so, you simple-US citizens for your words, and if someone says to you, "Russian hate America - do not believe it, we hate your Senate and your government, but not the people you are still in the '60s showed us his true face -Face marches for human rights, a person hippies and student riots, and it was a lovely person)))

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